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September 18, 2002
Mayor's 'we' lacks top officials What is the function of a municipal governing body? Is it not to work together with us citizens to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the people in our community? I recently returned from vacation to find out about a letter that Haddon Township Mayor William J. Park Jr. had sent to Green Valley Tennis Club on Crystal Lake Avenue. In it, he sugested that its property be purchased by the city. "We have had the property appraised and are prepared to offer $525,000," said the letter.
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NEWS
September 19, 2016
ISSUE | JEWELERS ROW Money can't replace street's character It is a sad and bitter irony when the owner of properties that he plans to sell for certain demolition praises the buyer's commitment to "preserve Jewelers Row and protect the heritage of our beloved street" ("Toll Bros. project a welcome addition," Thursday). That Orwellian turn of phrase is the opposite of the reality that the proposed 16-story condo tower would result in the destruction, not preservation, of three 19th-century buildings that contribute to the unique charm and historic character of Jewelers Row - not to mention displacing several longtime retailers and trades people who are tenants in the doomed buildings.
NEWS
September 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Libertarian flaws Political columnist John Baer should have provided a more complete picture of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson ("Johnson worth a a look," Wednesday). For instance, Johnson wants to slash Medicare and Medicaid programs by 43 percent and raise the retirement age to at least 70. He opposes any sensible gun control. In an interview with the Washington Post, he didn't know what the nuclear triad is (submarine-launched ballistic missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers)
NEWS
September 19, 2016
ISSUE | PORNGATE Remove the guilty judges and prosecutors Former U.S. attorney Peter Vaira's commentary was right on the mark ("Beemer's task: Get truth out about porn scandal," Wednesday). Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane paid a very high price for going after the old-boy legal system in the state. These judges and prosecutors (as far as I can tell, all men) charged, tried, or sat in judgment of people they were ridiculing in their emails. And, as Vaira pointed out, these were officials who knew better, and their behavior compromised the judicial system.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Mayor bending truth Teamsters Local 830 is delighted that the American Beverage Association (ABA) has filed suit against the City of Philadelphia to stop the unconstitutional beverage tax ("Lawsuit filed on soda tax," Thursday). We warned Mayor Kenney before he signed the tax into law in June that a lawsuit would result. Now, he's disingenuously maligning me and this union as being against universal pre-K and the city's children. That's false. We support pre-K but believe there is a fairer, more-equitable, and more-sustainable way to fund it. The mayor also is misleading Council on another major purpose for this blatant cash grab - shoring up the city's depleted fund balance with $40 million in beverage-tax revenue.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Let's see tax returns Donald Trump has said we should not support NATO allies who don't pay their "fair share. " The American people need to know whether Trump is paying his fair share of taxes - or is he dodging his share of our national-security costs and forcing them to be paid by hard-working Americans. What is he hiding by not releasing his tax information, as all other modern-day candidates have done? |Greg McCoy, Chadds Ford
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER EQUALITY One-sided training How can a commentary ("Don't just celebrate the 'firsts' ," Wednesday) seriously suggest that the best way to prepare young ladies for the challenge of breaking glass ceilings is to coddle them in the cocoon of an all-girls school? During their formative years, girls in such schools learn little, if anything, about how to work with, team with, or compete with boys. Consequently, when they leave the cocoon, the young ladies are, by definition, among the least well-prepared for the real-world task of breaking through glass ceilings.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Lawmakers must stop the shootings We in the Philadelphia area do not need to wait for terrorists to infiltrate our city. We are managing, with guns, to kill each other ("9 shot on a deadly Tuesday in Phila.," Thursday). When a 2-year-old can pick up a loaded gun and shoot himself in a Bucks County home ("Police: Toddler shoots self with gun, dies," Tuesday), and a pregnant woman can be critically wounded on a Kensington street in broad daylight ("Pregnant woman, 2 others shot," Wednesday)
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | TRANSGENDER BIAS Bathrooms don't pose any risk of violence It is a cynical lie that "bathroom bills," which would require transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex instead of their gender identity, are intended to or would safeguard anyone. They are hate laws. They put into law discrimination against transgender people and put transgender people at even greater risk for assault or harassment. Reacting to the NCAA's decision to pull seven championship events from North Carolina over the law, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest doubled down on his rationale for defending it: "The protection and safety and security of women and girls in North Carolina is our utmost importance.
NEWS
September 16, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST Ban violates rights The policy of the Diocese of Camden's Office of Catholic Schools to ban any and all protests during the playing of the national anthem at sports events is disrespectful and anti-American ("Camden diocese takes anthem stand," Tuesday). The superintendent of schools, Mary P. Boyle, notified Catholic high school administrators and coaches of the policy after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred controversy by sitting out the anthem before preseason games.
NEWS
September 16, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY Good move to ban circus elephants Kudos to N.J. Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union) for sponsoring "Nosey's Law," named for a 34-year-old circus elephant ("Senate panel OKs ban on elephant acts," Wednesday). By banning circus elephants, this bill will protect animals and humans alike. Circus elephants are deprived of everything that is natural and important. While wild elephants can roam up to 30 miles daily, circus elephants spend endless hours - and even days - shackled.
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